Beginning in November 2012, Suuns (Ben Shemie, Liam O’Neill, Max Henry and Joseph Yarmush) and long time friend, Radwan Ghazi Moumneh of Jerusalem In My Heart, rented a studio in Montreal for seven days. The idea was to collaborate on rough sketches of song ideas and to complete as much recording as possible without discrimination. The session was successful, yielding many vibe-laden songs featuring heavy analog synths, Arabic influences and electronic sensibilities. The live show is very much a performance with less emphasis on replaying the recordings note for note, but more about recreating the excitement of the initial recording sessions.
It didn’t take long for Montreal’s Suuns to resurface with a second full length, Images Du Futur, and, as one would anticipate, this latest exploration takes on even greater visceral depths. At the outset it appears we’re still ensconced in the warehouse, whether it’s the grinding opening explosives of “Powers of Ten” or the crude, ominous rise-and-fall riffs in “2020.” Broken up by Ben Shemie’s melodious and angst-ridden murmurs, the industrial low-end throb presides early on, lulling us into thinking the band has picked up right where they left off with their debut LP, Zeroes QC.
JERUSALEM IN MY HEART
Jerusalem In My Heart (JIMH) has been a live audio-visual happening since 2005, with Montréal-based producer and musician Radwan Ghazi Moumneh at its core. Moumneh is a Lebanese national who has spent a large part of his adult life in Canada and has been a fixture of the Montréal independent music community from his early days as guitarist in various notable 90s bands to his tireless activity as a sound engineer and producer over the last decade. Moumneh is also active in the Beirut and Lebanese experimental music scenes, where he spends a few months every year.
Sasha Conda creates sonic landscapes masked under deep waves of funked out synth solos and a thumping 909. Their music is highly conceptual in nature, straddling the line somewhere between psychedelic cyber funk, experimental techno and tonal synth excursions. The new concept album BRONCO (out on Moon Glyph late summer ’15) deals with the destruction of ego within a hyper-capitalistic dystopian cyber mall. Formerly known as Vacation Dad, Conda has toured the world relentlessly, performing in warehouses, nightclubs, rooftops, festivals, basements and everything in between.